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Doomed to Repeat It

Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson

Leila and Tristan sat next to one another in history class. Tristan became a history teacher. Leila forgot. Everything. Join us as Leila asks Tristan questions about the past, and Tristan does his darndest to get her to remember. Anything. New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month. Email corrections and complaints to doomed.pod@gmail.com In service of search engine optimization, we reiterate that this podcast is about history, and contend that it contains comedy. History. Comedy. Doomed to Repeat It. Archived from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/doomed-to-repeat-it/id982592125. Items in this collection are restricted.

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May 1, 2017 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila and Tristan return at long last to debate whether Franco was more of an iguana or a chicken farmer, whether or not you should punch your local fascist, and what, if anything, we can learn from the Spanish Civil War. You can view the images referenced in the podcast here.  
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Mar 1, 2017 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila asks Tristan to tell her about a civil war that raged from 1936-1939. Tristan begins his answer in 1492. This is why we can't have nice things, but can have another two-parter episode. Join us again next month for the gut-wrenching conclusion to the Spanish Civil War. 
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Feb 1, 2017 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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The last week of January 2017 has sapped Leila of all joy, including even the joy she used to find in the company of soggy, cutthroat ne'er-do-wells. This puts Tristan (and his visceral hatred of maritime criminality) into the awkward position of being piracy's cheerleader.
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2017 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila exercises her democratic right to muddle up idioms in new and spectacular ways. Tristan eulogizes the direct democracy of ancient Athens. 
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Dec 2, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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In the autumn of 2016, a young podcast's concern with xenophobic populism lightly turns to thoughts of fascism. Tristan tries to convince Leila that she is a fascist. Leila isn't having it.
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Oct 31, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila celebrates her favourite holiday. Tristan finds the notion quite unwholesome, but brings the history nonetheless.
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Oct 1, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila appreciates one of architecture's most beautiful creations, and perhaps, sort of, maybe one of history's greatest love stories. Tristan lurks in the wings, bursting bubbles as necessary.
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Sep 1, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan unpacks the tale of a Celtic queen's vicious war of retribution against her imperialist tormentors. Leila, to her credit, never once screams, "Freeedom!"
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Aug 2, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila steps into the same river as different and still different blather flows over her. Tristan is in his element extolling the virtues of one of history's greatest grumps.   
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Jul 26, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila meander through Bowmarcs, bowties, and bomber jackets as they survey Canada's 20th century Prime Ministers.
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Jul 5, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila run down the first batch of Canada's Prime Ministers, the middling and the momentous, from 1867-1936.
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Jun 15, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila conclude Jeanne d'Arc's stunning rise and fall, and are amazed at, outraged for, and ultimately flummoxed by the girl from Domrémy.  
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Jun 1, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila is excited to talk about a narrative she already has a decent handle on. Tristan is excited to discuss the convoluted factions and political machinations of the Hundred Years' War. What? It's fascinating.
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May 15, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila grab a bag of popcorn and settle in for some lighthearted fun as prisoners of war and slaves stab each other for their amusement.    Episode 20, in which Leila discovers: - that to become a gladiator she'd have to change many things about her personality, but not her sex or her diet.  - that her innate but often well-hidden bloodlust might have made her an enthusiastic arena-goer. - that even though the very concept of gladiatorial games tramples on the essential dignity of...
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May 1, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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  Tristan and Leila explore the horrors of the early 20th century, and meet humanity's best answer to its very worst. It's not...hilarious. Episode 19, in which Leila discovers: - Baltic geography. - the history of the Polish scouting movement. - the triumphant peaks and depraved chasms of recorded human experience. This one gets a bit heavier as it goes along. And in which Tristan: - is present. Witold Pilecki (1901 - 1948) As a young cavalry officer (~1920) With wife and son (1932) Induction...
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Apr 15, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila sort out fact from fantasy in search of the real story of the Fountain of Youth. Tristan vents his spleen on a very stupid Floridian "archaeological" park. Episode 18, in which Leila discovers: - a deep and immediate bond with the Queen of Spain, immediately before her untimely death. The Queen's. Leila's fine. - the secret recipe for long life. Now with 100% more boiled meat. - that the real Ponce de León story bears absolutely no resemblance to the one she thinks...
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Apr 1, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila explore Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, with help from a very special guest. Let's not be coy. It's Leila's mom. Episode 17, in which Leila discovers: - that her word on mysticism is pretty much as good as anyone else's - (not for the first time) that a first generation parent can tell their kids just about anything. "Why do we have to go to bed at 5pm?" "Because we're Sufis, now finish your marmalade." - a book on a shelf, rendering her co-host utterly (but...
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Mar 15, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Leila redefines the very concept of "wonder". Tristan disputes this wholeheartedly, and offers a scenic tour of the known world's must-see attractions, circa 250 BC. Episode 16, in which Leila and Tristan take a scenic tour of: - the really quite shockingly old Great Pyramid - Babylon, Nineveh, and nowhere in particular in search of the Hanging Gardens - the often forgotten Ishtar Gate and the walls of Babylon - the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Not that Artemis. This one. - the...
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Mar 2, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Tristan and Leila crawl out of their igloos to look down on their neighbours to the south. Why couldn't they have just asked politely for freedom? And seriously, guys? Slavery? We ask the hard-hitting questions, 240 years late.   
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Feb 15, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Feb 1, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 13, in which Leila discovers: - That when your revolutionary motto is "Revive the [Chinese government], exterminate the foreigners," calling it a "rebellion" might be a biiiit rich - That she has yet another German to add to her kick-in-the-shin-via-time-machine list And in which Tristan: -  Gives serious consideration to changing the name of the podcast to "the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Co-Hosts"
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Jan 2, 2016 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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  Leila tries to impersonate Joseph Stalin, and winds up doing a pretty good German vampire. Tristan warns Leila to never, ever watch the nuclear war docudrama, "Threads". We also discuss all the times we were almost vaporized without realizing it. Fun! Episode 12, in which Leila discovers: - That it's really German vampires who pronounce "the" as "zee", and not, as she had hoped, Joseph Stalin - That hackneyed jokes about Soviet paranoia are a half decent way of...
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Dec 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 11, in which Leila discovers: - That the history was inside of her all along, as she does a bang-up job of narrating the story of Louis Riel and his various rebellia acts of resistance - That the name Arthur was a bit dorky long before PBS ever got its aardvark paws on it And in which Tristan reminds us: - That while it is, of course, perfectly acceptable to jump down your friend's throat for mangling a quotation, it is considered impolite to then deliver the quote correctly yourself
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Nov 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 10, in which Leila discovers: - That it might please the eternal pessimist Lawrence Oates to know that 103 years later he is still making people very sad - How Britain got so big while being (as she astutely and repeatedly points out) so very small And in which Tristan realizes: - That he will never, ever get Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett properly segregated in his mind, so why even bother? - That reading the name "Alfred Thayer Mahan" dozens of times can still leave a...
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Oct 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 9, in which Leila discovers: - That almost everything she knew about Cleopatra was made up, but that there's still a pretty interesting person buried underneath - That so long as Tristan can compare everything to the Romans, we might just make it out of Japan in one piece And in which Tristan misspeaks: - More times than he can bear to rehash here. Which one bothered you the most? Let us know at doomed.pod@gmail.com
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Sep 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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  Episode 8, in which Leila discovers: - How to kill untold thousands of people for your own glory, gain, and amusement, and be remembered as one of history's greatest heroes (Hint: be Alexander the Great and conquer west to east) - How to kill untold thousands of people for your own glory, gain, and amusement, and be remembered as one of history's greatest villains (Hint: be Attila the Hun and conquer east to west) And in which Tristan: - Might have made it seem like he considered the...
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Aug 2, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 7, in which Leila discovers: - That - holy St. Francis! - for once her stereotypical snippet of knowledge of a historical figure is actually pretty accurate - How to sum up 3000 years of Chinese history in the span of one French folk ditty - That Tristan did not, does not, and likely will never have a good handle on the Hittites And in which Tristan makes Leila choose: - Whether she wants questions answered fast or answered well. He then goes on to do neither. 
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Jul 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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  Episode 6, in which Leila discovers: - That anything, even the den of all corruption and iniquity, sounds nice in a Jamaican accent - That one flavour of slave-owning, woman-hating, violent racists is vastly preferable to the other - That you can never tell who your real friends are until you take time to stop and count the stab wounds And in which Tristan: - Said "Nineveh" when he really meant "Nimrud" - Swung and missed twice on the correct pronunciation of Leonidas....
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Jun 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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  Episode 5, in which Leila discovers: - That if you've brought a Gatling gun to a knife fight, then you just might be a redcoat - That Tetris is Russian, the Light Brigade charged, Florence Nightengale'd, and the Crimean War happened - That the Hundred Years' War, while still awful, was too good to be true And in which Tristan realizes too late: - That there are other adjectives in the English language besides "massive" - sorry about that - That nobody really calls it the Crimea....
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May 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 4, in which Leila discovers: - What it's all about, man - Who participated in the Crusades...provided they have some connection to Robin Hood - Where to have the best shot at meeting God - Why the Crusades definitely didn't, probably didn't, and maybe did happen And in which Tristan displays ongoing difficulty with: - The fact that God told Abraham to kill his son Isaac, rather than telling Isaac to kill his son Someguy. Allegedly. - The fact that Phillip II, who is not a Louis at all,...
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Apr 15, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 3, in which Leila discovers: - The ballad of Marco Polo and the rusty cello - What Stonehenge definitely wasn’t - How convicts + time = Australia - The terrifying power of parrot eggs - When (and, to a far lesser extent, why) guns went boom And in which Tristan displays tremendous ignorance of: - Sinbads, real and fictional - Science But not of: - Kafka. We know he isn’t Russian, we were just trying to think of a more nearby penal colony. Yeesh.
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Apr 1, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 2, in which Leila discovers: - The subtle differences between Nostradamus and Nosferatu - That a war by any other name would probably still smell terrible - Why The Emperor's New Groove would have been (any) Tupac's favourite Disney movie - The importance of always leaving a note And in which Tristan fails to satisfy: - Leila's somewhat creepy fixation with "bloodlines"  
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Mar 15, 2015 Leila Meshgini and Tristan Thompson
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Episode 1, in which Leila discovers: - For the hundredth time, who Charlemagne was - That King John was an underrated magma carver - Why those pesky Saxons are always in the last place you look - That if the French didn't win on the Plains of Abraham, then it must have been the Brit...ish? - That she has permission to forget the Alamo entirely - How to win the battle and lose the war And in which Tristan screws up: - Refreshingly little, until the very last second